Friday, July 22, 2011

Rocky Mount Here we come!!

When we leave Nashville, we will once again ride one of the nation’s great parkways, the “Natchez Trace Parkway”, from Nashville to southern Mississippi where we turn west to pick up the southeast corner of Arkansas. This parkway may again, be relatively slow going due to federal supervision and tourist traffic this time of year. Crossing the southwest corner of Arkansas, we will ride southwest through Louisiana to Beaumont, Texas. Here we will ride east along the Louisiana coast, through the Bayou country, from Beaumont to New Orleans, Louisiana.

We will ride down the full length of Bourbon Street in the Historic French Quarter of New Orleans. This is assuming we don't arrive there on Saturday night as Bourbon street is closed to vehicles, yes even Harleys, on Saturday night. Parallel streets to the north or south of Bourbon will get you through this area on Saturday night. Leaving New Orleans, we will ride the coast road along the Gulf of Mexico, across Mississippi and Alabama to Florida. This is a great coastal ride with expansive coastal views and storied ports such as Pensacola, Panama City, Apalachicola and Mexico Beach, Florida. The water is literally only feet from the road along much of this ride.

Once we arrive in northern Florida, east of the Florida panhandle, we will turn northeast and proceed through South Georgia, South Carolina and into North Carolina on our way to Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson, the twelfth check point.

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